SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES- Changes Science Kit. Students will be introduced to the concept that matter exists in 3 states (solid, liquid, gas) and that substances in each of these may be described by their own properties. Students will experiment how to change the properties (freezing, melting, evaporation, and condensation). Through experiments students will recognize the indicators of chemical reactions. Once we get this science unit off and running we will add in our Social Studies unit on Geography and Carmel/Hamilton County History. For our Social Studies units students will discover that what happened long ago shaped how we live today and that change happens over time. Students will learn about Carmel's early days and founding fathers, in which Carmel was known as Bethlehem. Students will have a field experience to the Carmel Depot/Historical Society. For Geography, students will create a Map in a Month. Students will learn the essential parts of maps (compass rose, map key, grids) and create their own map of a "place/country". Specific emails will go home with further updates as we move through these units over the first quarter.
Reading- Establish procedures and expectations in what is known as, The First 20 Days. All elementary schools use curriculum from Carmel Clay Schools and our Challenge Curriculum was written specifically for 2/3 GT and includes lessons on launching the Daily 5 Framework, Writer's Workshop, and Reader's Workshop models. Jr. Great Books will be introduced during this time and an email will go home providing further information. Returning students are already familiar with this reading program.
Writing- Information Writing- Lucy Calkins- Lab Reports and Science Books. Students will study procedural writing and practice writing like a scientist. Students will learn information writing skills during science time as we work on our Changes Science Unit. A rubric will be sent home after Information Writing has been introduced to the students. The rubric will be used to assess work (Science Notebook) at the end of the Changes Science Unit.
Math- 4th Grade Math ONLY- Students will be introduced to the Student Reference Book (hardback and online). Students will practice using geometry tools and work on exploring and identifying polygons. Students will have some practice with addition and subtraction facts too!